Welp, my husband isn’t home, my cats are napping, and I still haven’t figured out how to watch the Olympics online…so it’s time for another installment of Dilly Dally Day! :) Today, in honor of the Olympics, I watched a cat beat her personal record for climbing a door…12 times. Look, it’s only 10 seconds long…don’t judge me!
I also rediscovered my love for “Baby Villain!” I rediscovered my love about 15 times! This video is only 9 seconds, so I had to even the playing field.
Speaking of babies, I really really (no, really) want a baby so I can feed it lemons. Not necessarily my own baby…I’d be happy to babysit. F’reals though, my mouth is watering so bad…it’s like my tongue is afraid I’m going to feed it a Warhead.
And lastly…Pine-Sol. So much more than just a really yummy spelling cleaner.
The smell of Starbucks coffee filled the air as I frantically connected to the free wi-fi so I could show off a vimeo slideshow upon her arrival. I don’t know why I was so anxious, but I couldn’t wait to meet Christine! She was referred to me by another amazing photographer, and I really wanted her to like me! I knew the second she walked in the door that we would get along great! I hugged her right away and we immediately started talking like old friends. Christine has such a sweet nature, and she was so organized and put together. Paul was sick that day, so I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him until their wedding day. But wow, he is EXACTLY the type of guy I pictured. So fun and full of smiles, such a positive attitude and fantastic spirit! Paul says that his favorite thing about Christine is that she packs his lunch and snacks everyday (hahahaha), which Christine rightfully translates to her being caring and considerate! I love this couple, and their wedding at The Bethwood was gorgeous!
Christine’s gorgeous lace dress…stunning on the hanger, but even more stunning on the bride! Just you wait…
Christine’s mom is a true Renaissance woman! Not only did she do her daughter’s make up, but she made or enhanced almost every accessory for Christine! See that headband? Her mom made it! She also embellished her shoes, crocheted adorable bride and groom bears, made her garter, crocheted the ring bearer pillow, etc. I want to be her when I grow up! :) Oh, and she has an eBay store with lots of hand-crafted jewelry…time to go shopping!
Thank you Kristina Rose for the great photo of Paul getting ready! I love his smile!
This was my tear-jerker moment of the day. As Christine began walking down the aisle, I turned around to get a shot of Paul’s face…and instead I found Christine’s beautiful sister…I had to blink the water out of my eyes after seeing this moment.
We were all so thankful that the rain held out! I felt a drop or two during the ceremony, but prayed them away! :)
Love love love this shot of the kiss that Kristina got from the back! So beautiful to see everyone’s reactions…
Favorite moments of the day…just look at their joy!
Seriously? Tyra, are you taking notes on this “smize?!”
Woop, there it is! Look at the back of that dress…oh Lawdy…stunning!!
How cute are those easel table numbers??
I love all the purple up-lighting and gorgeous centerpieces!
Gosh, they are just so cute!
Credits // Venue: The Bethwood // Photography: Cassi Claire // The Dress: Bridal by Roma (went bankrupt a month before the wedding…eeek!) // Shoes: Rinaldi Shoes // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Guys’ Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse // Florist: Morningside Greenhouse // Invitations: Drew Rogers // DJ, Lighting & Photobooth: SoundSurge // Table Numbers & Favors: Christine’s mom (of course!) // The End!
It’s a good thing their wedding day weather was nothing like their proposal day weather! On the morning of Hurricane Irene’s arrival, Brendan decided that a bike ride would be a good idea! Against Jaimie’s will and the storm clouds brewing above, the two mounted their bikes and rode through Valley Forge Park. After a little while, they came across a huge tree…a tree that Brendan claimed to be the oldest tree in all of Pennsylvania! Jaimie thought, like most sane people would, that he was being totally absurd, but because she loved him she still got off her bike to investigate his claim. When she turned around, there he was down on one knee. She was absolutely shocked! And about to be completely soaked! But Jaimie says it was the best bike ride home in a hurricane EVER! :)
Luckily, they had the complete opposite weather for their big day! You know the type of day I’m talking about…sunshine with a splash of cool breeze, no humidity, a big blue sky – the kind of light that just makes every color “pop!” Which was pretty perfect for Jaimie’s tangerine orange, light peach, and navy blue wedding! I love, love, love the rustic tone of their day – thanks in part to The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort!
How gorgeous are these bouquets by Bloom by Melanie!? I just couldn’t get enough of them! So pinworthy!
Seriously one of my favorite photos of all time! Look at all that happiness and beauty!!
This is Lauren – Jaimie’s BFF forever – who also happens to occasionally shoot weddings with me! Love her!
Special thanks to my fantastic friend and photographer Jaine for getting these shots of the guys! Jaine owns Brklyn View Photography and has been my partner in crime here in Brooklyn!
I was so excited when Jaimie and Brendan opted to do a First Look! These are always some of my favorite photos ever! Just look at the joy on Brendan’s face as he sees his bride for the first time…you can’t beat that! :)
Such a seriously good looking couple!
Oh Shawnee Inn, you are so pretty!
Jaim, best face ever award!
Love Lauren for thinking up these adorable shots! Who doesn’t love a good role reversal?!
Oh how I love sunset photos! Usually I love them in color, but this is just such a darn good black & white!
Can you believe these centerpieces are homemade? I love the wood circles and mason jars!
Gorgeous wedding cake by Merry’s Custom Cakes!
So much fun, with so many great friends! What an awesome night!
All of the best parties are completed by a photobooth! Phil of Cool Pix Photobooth was so awesome! He let me sneak my camera in for a couple of super fun shots! I just love people and their goofiness so much! :)
Credits // Venue: Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort // Photography: Cassi Claire // The Dress: Melissa Sweet // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBGeneration // Guys’ Tuxes: Wilke Rodriguez by Men’s Warehouse // Florist: Bloom by Melanie // Programs: Lauren Allison (Maid of Honor) // Ceremony Musicians: Abbey Reed and Jonathan Brelsford // DJ: TAG DJs // Centerpieces: DIY // Favors: CustomLoveGifts // Cake: Merry’s Custom Cakes // Photobooth: Cool Pix Photobooth // The End!
The annual WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) event held in Las Vegas is the mother of all photography conferences. It is a week-long event that combines educational seminars with a ginormous trade show and networking events. It’s basically a big ole photography nerd-a-thon. Or so I’ve heard! I’m hoping that 2013 will be the year for me to finally hop on a plane, arrive to the city of flashing lights, geek out with other photographers, and party like it’s 1999.
In the meantime, I got to hang out at WPPI’s baby…WPPI-U. It’s like M&M minis. Smaller, but still full of yum! Speaking of food, I judge all events by the food provided (what can I say, I’ll always be that chubby 4th grade kid at heart!)…and this place so won with its create-your-own-giant-tasty-sandwich bar and unlimited pickles and cookies! Mmm, now I’m hungry.
The teachers were all fantastic – not one snoozer in the whole bunch! I laughed pretty much the whole time…kudos to Doug Gordon, Susan Stripling, Anthony Vazquez, Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Christa Meola, Sal Cincotta, Blair Phillips, and JP Elario! On the left below, Doug is doing his “flow posing” and on the right, Susan is blowing my mind with her creative composition lesson.
I saw Lindsay on creativeLIVE in May, so I felt like we were already BFFs (not weird at all right?).
Sigma was one of the sponsors, so they had some lenses for me to play with…Amy so graciously let me use her as my model as I tried out their 85mm 1.4. Amy, you are the best ever! Thank you so much for opening your home to me (slumber party holllllaaa!) and chauffeuring me around for those two days. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!
Taken with the Sigma 150mm 2.8 – I’m in love!
The two below were taken with the Sigma 105mm macro…not quite as sharp as the 150mm and harder to focus.
Thank you WPPI for an awesome two days, and I am already saving up for Vegas!
In 4th grade, we teamed up on every class assignment. In 5th grade, we dressed up as Romans to present our sun dials at the science fair – togas and baby powder in our hair (that surely didn’t help our popularity!). In 6th grade, we swam at your grandma’s/aunt’s pools almost every day while day dreaming about Leonardo DiCaprio and Devon Sawa. In 7th grade, we spent hours dreaming about what it will be like to be 8th graders. In 8th grade, we spent hours drawing our perfect wedding gowns, our perfect grooms, and our perfect future homes.
All through high school we gushed over who we thought was the “hottest” – and I’m pretty sure we have our top 10 list lying around somewhere! We got giddy when we liked someone new, and we got sad when we realized how awful they really were. We wondered if we would ever find “our guys.” We knew our chances with Leo and Devon were pretty slim. But this year…this wonderful year…is the year my best friend has found her Mister. Brianne (Bree, Bee, BZ, Breezy, Biffle, Beans, Ber-ner-ner-ner), you have been there for all of my moments. You liked me even when I still had a horrible afro and all my “baby fat.” You let me play the Sims on your computer when no one else would. We invented a whole new way to play UNO (just split the deck and leave one card in the discard pile duh!). We passed notes between almost every class in high school (I still have a whole box full in my closet somewhere). We wasted who-knows-how-much gas money driving around, windows down, music blaring…inventing dances for every song that played!
You cried with me when I tried on my wedding dress, and came with me to every fitting. You listened to all of the ways I fell in love with him. You came with me to every silly bridal expo, and signed my name up for all the prizes. You helped me put on my dress, told me how proud you were and that I was the most beautiful bride you ever saw. You stood next to me every step of the way, and you will always be my BFF4EAEAEAE.
And now, I get my chance to be there for you. You are the most adorable, fun, loving, kind and sweet person I know. Joey, you are the luckiest man alive to have my BreeBee. And she is luckiest girl to have you. Especially since your last name starts with ‘Z’ – she will legally be “BZ” now!! Thank you for that! So, my first duty as your Maid of Honor was to document your love with some gorgeous engagement photos. I am so so unbelievably happy that you have found “your guy!” I love you!
I have a crush on this barn!
Check out that BLING! He knows her well…
Oh hello stunning! I really hate that you are such a supermodel.
Meep! I’m so in love with my new business cards! I have loved Moo since my very first batch of business cards a few years ago, but they recently released their new Luxe Business Cards and I’m convinced my life will never be the same! :)
I am a mega-believer in having/offering the highest quality items to represent my business. From the albums I offer to the gear I use…to the tiny little cards I hand out to strangers! And sometimes that means paying a little extra, but it’s totally worth it! Yes, you could get like 4,000 business cards from VistaPrint for the same amount I paid for 250 cards…but to me a card has one purpose: to impress. Okay two purposes: to impress and to get my contact info into their hands.
It is so fun to hand someone a card and hear “Oh wow, these are really nice!” And because it is a really nice card, it makes me think it has less of a chance of ending up in the nearest trash can! Hey, a girl can dream right?
Another reason why I am a lover of Moo…their packaging. How stinkin’ cute are these stickers?
And these boxes?? Love the purple ribbon and I adore the “wax seal!” It gets quote-marks because it’s not real wax. But c’mon that would be crazy!
Oh, hello high-quality storage box! You were completely unexpected, and I totally love you! Like the black trim on the outside of the cards? That’s actually its own layer of paper! These cards are made of 3 layers of quality cardstock smooshed together…is that how you spell smooshed?? Smushed? Schmuuuuushed??
And here are my new cards! Love that I was able to custom design them to match my branding! And no I am not the world’s biggest narcissist (maybe 2nd biggest?)…I put my photo on my cards because I am frequently passing them out at networking events where we are all meeting dozens of people in a short amount of time. I can safely say that I won’t remember half of the names I am introduced to, but I will remember the faces. Maybe it’s because I’m a photographer and I think in photos, but I’m sure I’m not the only one out there! Anyway, thank you Moo for constantly being on the front line of quality products! :)
“I taught Gillian many things…and one of those things was to never date your boss. So what’d she do? She married the boss!” said Gill’s dad during his toast. Dan and Gill (pronounce “Jill”) met about 4 years ago while working for GramercyOne in NYC. They quickly became friends and after about a year, they started dating. The combination of getting to know each other while living together in Brooklyn and possibly having to relocate their life to California, started them thinking seriously about the next step of their relationship. And last March, Dan popped the question over drinks at The Standard – a swanky NYC bar! Which makes perfect sense considering Gill’s favorite thing about Dan is his confidence – “He can walk into any room and be completely comfortable!”
That was beyond evident on their wedding day. Dan’s contagious laughter lit up the whole room, along with Gill’s beauty! But I’m getting ahead of myself! Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Can I just say that Ann Taylor has seriously stepped up their game by introducing a bridal department! I was SHOCKED to find out that both Gill’s dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses were from Ann Taylor Weddings & Events Collection! I can’t wait to go Pin some of their beautiful new styles!
The photo above is Gill’s something old, new, borrowed and blue – gotta love the blue “I do” panties! And on a more sentimental note, the photo below of Gill and her mother’s hands is probably my favorite image of all time. Because my mother passed away when I was young, I am constantly in awe of the beauty of the mother-daughter relationship. This photo brings a tear to my eye, but it’s a good, happy, almost nostalgic tear…
Special thanks to my AWESOME, FANTASTIC, INCREDIBLE, AMAZING second shooter – Kristina Rose! She was such a gem to work with and captured so many beautiful moments. Including these awesome shots of the guys below! :)
How snazzy are those suits from Express? I’m in love with grey…
While Kristina was getting the shots above, I was busy getting these stunning bridal portraits. Gill, you are a beaut!
Just look at those eyes!
Two of my faves from the day…the most beautiful flower girl ever, and the coolest personalized luggage card box!
It was CRAZY sunny outside, but we still found a very pretty spot for their First Look!
Love, love, love these florals from Mindy Hale of Flowers from Hannah! Here is Dan’s boutonnière and Gill’s bouquet.
Definitely one of the cutest details I’ve seen! Gill had these clutches made for the girls through Joanne from KaraMiaSofia Inspired Designs shop on Etsy. On the inside patch, there was a personal note for each bridesmaid. How lovely!
The ceremony was held at Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ.
Love that Dan couldn’t keep his eyes off Gill, even during prayer while everyone’s eyes are closed! So precious!
These balloons were actually a complete surprise to the couple! Aunt Joan arranged them so the children could feel like they were a part of the wedding…and I’m so glad she did because I LOVE BALLOONS! I’m like a 5 year old!
Thank you Kristina for getting that awesome shot of the guys on the right!
This light was pure magic! The Maplewood Country Club grounds were just perfect!
Super cute menu’s order through VistaPrint! Oh, see that B&W card on the right? Those were provided by me so that guests can access the couple’s custom photo website (which will be ready soon!). Custom photo websites are a new feature for 2012 clients, and I’ll be doing a blog post on them soon! :)
Each table was identified by a place that Dan + Gill have visited together. Kyle and Natalie at Syracuse Signs designed and printed these super fun custom table cards! Oh, and they also included framed photos of themselves at each location on the tables. So fun!
There is that contagious laughter I told you about!
DJ Yoshi was AWESOME at keeping the party going with great music! Try as I might, I couldn’t stop dancing in my spot…and believe me, I tried. Some people are just not supposed to dance…I am one of them!
And I will leave you with this incredible couple…who caused me to cry for the second time of the day (the first was Dan’s best man/brother’s speech – thanks Chris!). They won the anniversary dance for being married the longest! I wish I could remember exactly how many years (if any of you remember, feel free to post a comment!). The anniversary dance always leaves me hoping and praying that I get that many years with my darling husband Christopher! Congratulations again Dan + Gill! I hope we both win the anniversary dance at weddings 50 years from now! :)
I have love-love-loved this bride since her very first email and am SO BEYOND HONORED to know that she feels the same way! Keri is a soon-to-be-July-bride, a blogger bride on Engaged & Inspired, and co-editor of The East Coast Bride (a fantastic resource for all-things-wedding!). Thank you Keri for sharing your love today on Engaged & Inspired…you are incredible and I cannot wait for your wedding!! :)